Why does my web page look the same? I just updated it . . . ARGHHH

by | Feb 28, 2013

If your website is built on a content management system such as WordPress or Joomla! you can make changes to it without needing to hire a programmer. Making changes to your website, adding new content or removing content from your content management based website is as simple as typing an email or adding a post to Facebook. Even so, we often get questions from users about why the updates they are making to their website are not showing up on the website.

Have you ever worked on your website, made a change and then went to your website only to see the exact same information that was there before you changed it?

Not to worry – this happens because you are viewing a cached version of your website. By default a computer’s web browser downloads portions of almost every web page you go to so that the next time you go there it doesn’t need to download all of the data again. This is typically fine, although when you make changes to your website it can lead to issues when those changes are not reflected unless you force your web browser to reload the page from your web server.

How do you force your web browser to reload your web page? You just press the reload icon right? WRONG.

You can force your browser to reload by going to the page they want and pressing CTRL and F5 together (on a PC, press and hold CTRL and then while doing so press F5) or CMD and R (on a Mac). This forces your browser to ignore the items it has cached for that web page and reload all of the data from the server.

So, next time you are not seeing updates on your website – don’t assume you messed something up on the back end, just force your web browser to ignore the cached data and reload the page from the web server.

Happy surfing!

PS – if you’re intersted in more keyboard shortcuts check out Wikipedia’s page on keyboard shortcuts for your computer at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts